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IBM targets mid-sized businesses with entry-level storage server

IBM is adding an entry-level storage server to its storage portfolio.

The TotalStorage FastT600, scheduled for release next week, offers three times the throughput of IBM's previous entry-level offering, the FastT200.

With expansion units, it scales up to six terabytes of data and can support up to 42 hard disc drives. The server supports Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems from IBM, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, and carries a three-year warranty.

The FastT600 price tag starts at $14,995. IBM is targeting midsized businesses, emphasising its competitive pricing and features for easing management burdens.

Those features include IBM's Dynamic Capacity Addition technology, which allows unused storage to be activated without stopping operations. Also packaged with the FastT600 is IBM's  FastT Storage Manager software for centrally managing FastT subsystems, and its optional FastT Service Alert, which notifies IBM technicians if problems occur.

IBM has given 25 April as the release date for its forthcoming Tivoli Storage Resource Manager Express. The software is the latest addition to IBM's Express line of enterprise middleware reworked for smaller customers. Designed for deployment on single-processor desktops, the Java-based software will be priced at $65 per desktop.


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